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Man Runs 100 Miles for Toddler
DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - At the Equalizer Endurance Run, athletes will have a chance to see just how far they can push themselves in a single day. But one participant has some extra motivation to keep moving.
At Gray's Lake this weekend, athletes will attempt to run as far as they can from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.
But for one competitor, the fight to finish is all about helping a little boy through a big fight of his own.
Its kind of just one of those deals where you have to give back a little. And you know, knowing them for as long as we have, I just decided this is my opportunity, this is my chance, said Brad Dains.
Dains is taking that chance to help Nile Morris.
Nile's parents were told they would likely never have a child of their own, but two years after they adopted a baby boy and girl, Nile was born.
The Ankeny family's joy quickly turned to shock this summer when Nile was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer.
He's getting chemo and steroid injections and all these different things that a 22-month-old shouldn't have to go through, said Dains.
So to help him through his battle, Dains is doing what he does best.
I'm not good at a lot of things, but I can run for a long time.
As an ultra runner, a marathon is just a warm-up for Dains. His plan is to run more than 100 miles in just 24 hours, raising money for Nile's medical bills every step of the way.
We've got a lot of people who have decided they want to donate per mile, said Dains.
Dains said they are still accepting donations for Miles for Nile.
Nile is currently undergoing his third, and most difficult, round of chemo at Blank Children's Hospital.